dog photography

August Graduation/St. Charles Photographer/Blanchette Park

August is a JHP 2019 bride & I was overjoyed when she reached out asking me to take pictures for you graduation from VetTech school. Then of course, I was even more excited because she was going to bring her recently adopt pug. What she didn't tell me previously was that Ginger is a 13 year old pug she found on a pug rescue Instagram page. Ginger has no teeth and hardly any muscle tone in her back legs which makes it very hard for her to walk. August adopted her to simply give her a loving home until she went to doggie heaven........I don't think I have met anyone who had picked a more fitting career choice. I am so glad that I got to meet Ginger and capture this fantastic achievement in August's life. Her cap was my favorite!

Next up...a wedding!!!

Another gorgeous session at Blanchette Park in St. Charles

St. Charles Engagement Photographer/St. Charles Wedding Photographer/Maggie & Catie Engaged

Maggie & Catie are in the 2018 Jheart Wedding Line up. Upon speaking with Maggie I immediately knew this was going to be a great relationship. As soon as I saw them interact with each other I had no doubt this session was going to rock. I asked Maggie a few questions prior to the shoot and one was asking to tell me the story of your proposal and let me tell ya...Maggie did not miss a beat when planning this....

Maggie sent Catie on a scavenger hunt through family and friends. She had cards and flowers delivered to Catie by amazing friends and loved family. She chose all the most important people in Catie's life to present this next life step in all the important places of their relationship. Like the spot where they first met and that is just so beautiful. It really shows why when asked what Catie's favorite thing about Maggie is her big heart. 

Then, after 2 clues, and a lunch with her family here is what the third clue read:

"#3 - You've gone from 1st, to 2nd and now 3rd.  Where do you go from here? Run home! Meet me downtown at our favorite venue.  The home plate from Busch Stadium 2, is where I'll be waiting for you"

Catie then was proposed to with Maggie down on one knee and of course she said yes! 

These two really have an amazing love and being in front of the camera didn't phase it one bit. They really made my heart full after shooting them and I think it really shows in these pictures. 

St. Charles Wedding Photographer/St. Charles Photographer/My first few rolls of film

I have embarked on a new adventure to add to my business...shooting film. Yes, real load your camera 35mm film. So I went online, bought a Nikon F100, scooped up some cheap FUJI film from Wal-Mart to mess with at a lower expense because let's face it....I figured it wasn't going to really turn out. As well as ordered from Amazon 5 rolls Kodak Porta 400 from online for the good shots while in Portland. 

I got it in the mail. I loaded the film. I loaded the batteries. I snapped they shutter. I simply just fell in love....one snap after the other. I really think the best part was not knowing if they turned out! I had to trust my skills and the film. It was so beyond my normal adventurous stuff!

It's not easy...here is my first shot...my beautiful Gabrielle.

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Horrible right??? HA! But take a peek in to what I see....See that grain? That beautiful old school grain. It took me back to when I used to arrange my stuffed animals in my room with random objects and take their pictures with my old point at shoot 35mm....I am sure if I looked hard enough at my Mother's house I could find some of these pictures. This look and image...well it fuels my soul. Oh it fuels my soul, more than I ever thought possible. 

So next up I headed out to Portland...remember that blog post? If not view it HERE. You really should because it's beautiful. That post was all digital images that I just couldn't wait to share. But below is what film can do...what it does...oh it's beautiful...the grain, the color, barely touched by editing. 

Are they perfect? Nope. But they are a wonderful and perfect start to something will be so much fun.

I am beyond grateful that a good friend (and my wedding photographer) shoots film and brought it to me to try because she knew I would love it, and boy was she correct. You can take a peek at her beautiful work HERE. She has really become amazing at her film work! Take a peek at this beautiful film shot of my friend and follow photographer. 

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While shooting in Portland I found out I even LOVE the sound of shooting film. When I came home I naturally shot a whole roll of just my dog Rue...ridiculous I know, but oh it turned out so much better than the first roll! These are just a few of my favorites. Rue is a pretty amazing model. I know you all have seen her before!

I do hope you stick around to see how this new aspect of Jheart Photography grows. I feel like this fits my heart and soul so much which usually is the main key to success. 

So cheers to film & my Nikon F100. Can't wait to share more with you!